Schenley tennis players advance
The Spartans senior Lionel Williams, the event's No. 1 seed, and teammate Micah Slavkin, a junior, breezed to the final four with pro-set victories on the sunny afternoon at the Schenley Park courts.
After drawing a first round bye, Williams breezed to wins over Langley's Rohan Potdan, 10-1, and Allderdice's Ethan Lowry, 10-0. Slavkin needed to work three sets as he defeated Perry's Dorin Williams, 10-1, Carrick's Joe Knoerl, 10-1, and Allderdice's Julian Klepper, 10-4.
In the semifinals, it will be Williams vs. Langley's Eric Feldbauer and Slavkin vs. Oliver's Josh Dyczewski. The semifinal and final matches are scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Schenley Park. In the event of rain, the matches will be moved to the Green Tree Racquet Club indoor courts..
Feldbauer survived a difficult first round set, defeating Brashear's Dan Stull 10-9 (7-4), before beating Schenley's Jake Oresick, 10-7, and Allderdice's Craig Alpert, 10-6. Dyczewski's three wins were over Carrick's Mike Figura, 10-2; Carrick's Joe Scalise, 10-3; and Allderdice's Josh Levenson, 10-8.
'I'm very proud of our kids; they've been shooting for this all year,' said Schenley coach Fred Skrocki. 'They've come a long way since their freshman year.'
The label of City League Singles Championship favorite isn't new to Williams, who lost to Brashear's Eric Stull in the semifinals last season. Stull in the final to Allderdice junior Andrew Dealy, a Dragons' hockey and soccer player who decided not to compete on the court this season.
'Everyone has been saying Lionel, Lionel at the championships,' said Skrocki. 'And last season was a disappointment for him. He was determined to play with more focus this year.'
Williams says he isn't
'My only strategy is to be more consistent and execute better,' said Williams. 'I played well today, but I need to keep improving my game.'
One of the top matches of the afternoon was the long, hard-fought third round set between Duczewski and Levenson.
'It was just tough for me to get started after I had a 45-minute break between the second and third match,' said Duczewski. 'It was tough for me to get started, but once I got my legs I was fine...And I really didn't feel pressure until the final set.'
Oliver coach Tim Keefer was impressed by the determination of both players.
'That was a long day for both players,' said Keefer.
'Josh (Duczewski) is a tough kid. He works hard and his uncle (Walt Duczewski) helps him out with tennis. He plays baseball, too. I think he stole home for a winning run last week.'
It was a disappointing day for Allderdice, who rolled to the team championship with an unbeaten 9-0 record.
'We just ran out of gas today,' said Allderdice coach Bob Wesolowski. 'But we'll be back for the doubles championships (Thursday afternoon at Schenley Park).'